Everton agree Schneiderlin deal
Everton have agreed on a deal with Manchester United over the transfer of Morgan Schneiderlin. Everton are believed to have had a £22m bid accepted, which will see United lose just 2 million of the player after signing him for £24m from Southampton in the summer of 2015.
This deal is due to be done in the next week or so, with Schneiderlin believed to be having a medical some point this week. If all goes to plan, the defensive midfielder will be linking up with his former boss Ronald Koeman, after the pair spent time together at the South Coast. That was the season where people saw what the French international was about and he got the big money move to Manchester United.
The two were believed to have a good relationship, and with Schneiderlin being a top class player and not playing at United, it looks like the ideal move for him.
Schneiderlin has made 29 Premier League appearances for Manchester United during his time there, but since Jose Mourinho has come into the club, his chances have been limited, and a move is definitely needed to further his career. His best days were at Southampton when he was playing week in, week out.
If the move is made, it will be such a good signing for Everton. They have lacked something this season, and that's what it could be. A midfielder who does his defensive duties very well, as well as getting forward and chipping in with some goals throughout the campaign.
Jose Mourinho was asked about the situation after United’s 2-0 win over Hull on Tuesday night and had this to say: ‘Ed Woodward informed me that the situation is close. Morgan is more than probably going to Everton.’
‘I am sad and happy, sad because I like him and he could be an option for us, happy because this is what he wants, to play every game and be important in the team.’
Before the transfer window opened, Jose had already said he wouldn't stand in the Frenchman's way if he wanted to leave United in the hunt for first team football. On a personal note, he had this to say on Schneiderlin: ‘Great professional. Fantastic boy, very honest, very open and he opened his heart a couple of times, and my answer was simple. If he’s playing regularly with me, I have the right to say no way, if he’s not playing regular I have no right to tell a player that if he wants to be happy you’re going nowhere.’
‘So my answer was if the offer is right and our board thinks the offer is a good offer in relation to a very good player like Morgan I would not stop him to go.’
Everton are also interested in signing Memphis Depay who is also struggling for any first team football at United, but nothing significant has come of that yet.
West Brom will be disappointed not to have landed the signing of Schneiderlin after they placed a bid, which was believed to be in the region on 19 million.